Re: Bud graft now (October?)
Interesting banter.. I’ve never bud or chip grafted but have watched it done. ...seems that was around mid August. It was described that no growth was expected from the bud for that season, just an indication that it ‘knitted’ and was alive and ready to grow the following season. I was told the nursery workers walked the rows in late winter cutting off the grafted rootstock just above the bud if it shown viability.
Just thinking out loud
...what would be gained from a late season graft? My guess it little to nothing. If it was worth the effort or risk, the commercial guys would likely be doing it. …and I mean fruit trees at our
latitude outside of a greenhouse.
I suspect the reason they wouldn’t mess with late season grafts is the ‘more likely’ potential for it to die from winter cold. As ‘mid summer’ appears to work well for them, allowing the newly knitted bud to ‘harden off’ along with the stock, there’d be no reason or benefit to chance losing the graft to winter dieback.
With ‘us’ Home Orchardist’s – we’re free to do any nutty thing we darn well please
But for me, the safest process still appears to be collecting the mature bud sticks (scion wood) in late fall, storing it in a safe place and connecting it to wherever
when Winter has past… The Spring juices will begin to flow and (leaving two or three buds as opposed to making that many “T-buds” on one stock) the scion will safely take off like every other bud.
…just my thoughts
. And though it’s deeper into October than when this question was posed - don’t let me stop you